The Club’s CEO Nick Eastwood said about Chris’s time with Wasps - “Chris has been a great stalwart of the Club and has been instrumental in developing young talent for the senior squad during his time at the Club. He came to the Club as a part time coach at EPDG level in 2003 whilst still teaching and coaching at Whitgift school. He took on a full time role at the Club in 2006, starting up, coaching and managing the AASE programme. In 2007, he assisted the 1st Team Forwards coach and soon after took on the role of Academy Skills Coach”.
Nick went on to say, “The Club wish Chris every success in the future and thank him for his commitment and hard work during his time at the Club”.
On his time at the Club Chris said - “I have been with the Wasps Academy long enough to see a generation of players come through our ranks and go on to perform at the highest level both for Wasps and their country; that has been a very rewarding experience. Clearly the Club winning all the trophies in the last decade was great but I reflect that those came because a tight knit group of players and staff came of age together and I feel the club and this generation of players under Dai Young has a similar opportunity to flourish. It has been a phenomenal environment to work in and the constant has been the spirit and work ethic on and off the field; it has been a privilege to work with and learn from some amazing coaches, players and support staff”.
“I have regularly been asked what I feel was the best moment at the Club. Being involved with the 1st XV the last time we won the Premiership in 2008 was obviously great but it doesn’t come close to the pride I felt when we succeeded in staying in the Premiership in 2011/12 with a team largely made up of young players from the Academy".
“Once a Wasp, always a Wasp!”